Texas Forest Service met Friday morning to discuss the growing number of wildfires and the damage it’s causing to hundreds of homes and communities across the lone star state.
Heat, high winds and dry weather are igniting wildfires more and more every day—however, TFS officials say in Texas, 95% of wildfires are caused by humans.
In the last two years, 85% of the wildfires in Texas have occurred within two miles of a community. TFS officials also say that citizens should be aware that wildland fires are not just a problem for rural homeowners.
San Angelo, Ft. Davis are currently being plagued with wildfires.
“Currently there is a dry ban stretching across the state from El Paso all the way to the Sabine River," says Mark Stanford, Fire Operations Chief at Texas Forest Service. "It's as if there was a belt of drought encircling the state of Texas.”
With 254 counties in Texas, firefighters have a lot of ground to cover during the wildfire season.
Stanford also said, “Just because a county does not issue a burn ban doesn’t mean there’s not a high fire danger."
Burn bans are called into effect by a county's government—generally lasting up to 90 days.
With the fourth of July around the corner, The Texas Forest Service is urging citizens to be very cautious while setting off fireworks.